- Water (1985 film)
name = Water
caption = Theatrical release poster
George Harrison Ian La Frenais Denis O'Brien
Dick Clement Ian La Frenais
Michael Caine Valerie Perrine Brenda Vaccaro Billy Connolly Leonard Rossiter
music = Mike Moran
Eric Clapton Eddy Grant George Harrison
released = 1985
runtime = 115 min.
country = UK
language = English
amg_id = 1:53546
imdb_id = 0090297
"Water" is a 1985 comedy film scripted by
Dick Clementand Ian Le Frenais, directed by Clement, and starring Michael Caine. This Handmade Filmsproduction was released in U.S. theatres in April 1986 by Atlantic Releasing.
The story is set in the fictional
CaribbeanBritish colonyof Cascara. Widely ignored by the British Government, local Governor Baxter Thwaites is having an easy life in his small and peaceful colony. That peace is disturbed when an abandoned oil rig starts delivering water - at the standard of the finest table water brands. Different parties, including Downing Street, the Cascara Liberation Front, the White House and the Cubans take interest in the future of the island and threaten to destroy the cosy way of life enjoyed by the island's inhabitants...
The film stars Caine as Baxter Thwaites as a Governor who has 'gone native' (similarly to his role in "
The Honorary Consul") and Billy Connollyas local biracialactivist Delgado, supported by the last performance of Leonard Rossiteras Sir Malcolm Leveridge and one of the last performances of Fulton Mackay.
"Water" was produced by
George Harrisonand is unusual in that it features a performance at the end by a (fictional) charity band "The Singing Rebels" featuring both Harrison and Ringo Starr, rarely seen together in film or television performances since the break-up of the Beatles, together with Jon Lord, Eric Clapton, and Connolly on vocals (The Rebels being the name of the "band" Harrison played in with his brother prior to joining up with McCartney and Lennon). The song performed by the group at the end of the film, "Freedom", was released as a music video. The soundtrack featured reggaemusic by Eddy Grantand Harrison himself, with Billy Connolly contributing additional songs. Most of the movie was filmed in and around Soufrière, Saint Lucia, with some scenes shot in Devon, Englandand at Lee International Studios.
The BBC television presenter
Paul Heineyhad a small part in the film as part of the "In at the Deep End" series.
Despite being poorly received on its release, the film was noted for its script which addressed the confusion arising from the effects of
colonialismon West Indianislands, spoofing the attitudes of both the locals and the representatives of Her Majesty's Government.
"Water" was first released on home video by Paramount Home Video on
February 1, 1987. The film received its first DVD edition in North America in 2006, courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment.
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